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Bill Hegbli
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Just received notice that Jimmy Fingers has created a new Zombie effect he calls Zombira. I got to look at the video and it looks pretty good, and totally new in working. Jimmy has put a lot of work in the handling and moves that will work very nicely for your large audience shows.

To tell you the truth, I was totally clueless to the working, and I seen how it was done, I could not believe I was so wrong. I thought their were several principals involved, there was only one method that made it look so magical.

Take a look at the video and make up your own mind. This will require some practice and getting use to the handling. It is not a buy and do trick. Oh, and there is not cloth involved with this method. Priced reasonably.

http://www.magellanlevitation.com/zombira/

What do you think?
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Eddie Garland
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This looks promising but can you do it with the lights on?
I am a huge Zombie fan and would likely purchase this...but must it be done in such a dim room?
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Hi Eddie,

The room had to be extremely dark, due to the scrutiny of HD video on YouTube. Without attention to lighting, occasional clues might be seen by scouring over the video repeatedly. Live, and from stage, these are not seen. So, I had to do this dimly lit, sorry.

Due to the construction of Zombira, attention to lighting, situation and subtle choreography, the workings are disguised thoroughly.

By the way, Bill has seen the full deal, instructional AND the demo shown on YouTube, and he's a true expert on Zombie effects. This is special, it's a BLAST to do in the mirror, and it will be a really fun thing to watch and develop.

Jimmy Fingers
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Jimmy,

Very, very, very interesting. I love the "convincers" with the hoop. I have no idea how the rise at the end is done - and because of that might have no idea what is going on earlier as well. It looks very interesting. How innocent is the "get ready? Does it have to be or would it work best as an "opener"? Can you move in to and out of the "get ready" easily enough? Can the ball be out in plain view and then picked up and left behind at any point in the act? You imply normal stage lighting - without backdrop - is fine. Is it? Finally, is this a download (you say "downloadable instructions") or is there a ball that is purchased and sent? What are its dimensions? (It looks to be about 5"")

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How innocent is the "get ready? Pick the ball up and start.

Does it have to be or would it work best as an "opener"? It does not have to be an opener.

Can you move in to and out of the "get ready" easily enough? Very easily, if you can pick up the ball it is ready.

Can the ball be out in plain view and then picked up and left behind at any point in the act? It can, but most performers agree that props should be out of site when not in use. It would make the performance easier for the performer.

You imply normal stage lighting - without backdrop - is fine. Is it? Yes it is.

Finally, is this a download (you say "downloadable instructions") or is there a ball that is purchased and sent? This is a ball you will receive in the mail. I assume, he is offering instruction video by download, and not putting on a DVD. You can easily do that yourself with todays computers.
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Thanks Bill,

That definitely answered all my questions - crisp, clear, concise. Thanks
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Hi, sorry it was unclear. You receive the hand made ball, correctly balanced and cured. In an all important protective packaging box for storage anbackgroundsport. Downloadable video instructional provided upon purchase.

The skills necessary for mastering this are more comparable to manipulation than gimmickry. There is only one piece, no thread, detaching or clothing alterations.

The routine consists of moving into a series of poses that correctly obscure and advantageously position the ball relative to your body, hands and background.

Forethought and attention to the situation are crucial. Distance, lighting, costuming, timing, and practice are vital.
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Given all of that, what about angles? Since it is primarily a stage piece, I would assume that the "poses" that "advantageously position the ball relative to your body, hands and background" would be forgiving enough to accommodate the somewhat large arc from left to right that a stage or parlor audience will have. Are there significant angle limitations that would not accommodate a normal stage or banquet presentation (where tables might be rather significantly placed on ones right and left as well as straight ahead)?
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Is a Jacket or sport coat necessary. Can it work with kids who sit on the floor and fairly close.

Thanks Dave
Bill Hegbli
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John, that is what is meant by mastering and manipulation. You have to practice hand, arms, and body positioning.

Dave, the video shows Jimmy in a shirt, so pants and shirt is minimum requirements. Extreme left and right would be difficult, that is what is meant by a stage effect.

It can be done in a home as in Jimmy's demo, but seating should be out in front of the performer. If in a home birthday situation, the children should be sitting on chairs several feet away from your performing area. If they can see the hair growing out of your nose, then that would not be a good angle. For any of your tricks, I know been there done that. LOL

As magic and this effect is a visual art, that would be the best possible performing situation for the audience.
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On 2014-01-11 21:12, magic4545 wrote:
Hi, sorry it was unclear. You receive the hand made ball, correctly balanced and cured. In an all important protective packaging box for storage and transport. Downloadable video instructional provided upon purchase.

The skills necessary for mastering this are more comparable to manipulation than gimmickry. There is only one piece, no thread, detaching or clothing alterations.

The routine consists of moving into a series of poses that correctly obscure and advantageously position the ball relative to your body, hands and background.

Forethought and attention to the situation are crucial. Distance, lighting, costuming(wardrobe), timing interval of exposure with gimmick in sight, and practice are vital.
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In response to Bill, angles actually aren't a big deal IF the conditions of lighting, distance and discretion in timing are observed.

The performer may be required to do an assessment of the situation, adjust his performance, and be willing to NOT perform the effect in the act when questionable. However, with attention to the details, I feel that this can almost always be performed indoors.

In fact if you were outdoors, you MIGHT be able to run to the other side of a parking lot and do it. The ball is visible enough to be seen from 50 yards away, right? Get creative!

Jimmy
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Jimmy, my answer was taking into my experience when doing children shows in a person's home. If you have ever did in home or under tent shows, where kids sit on the ground, I can tell you they will be at your feet, literally. They sit with their heads cocked back, and looking up your nose. Many children performers are uncomfortable with children management, even when they know they cannot see any of the tricks.

Jimmy you have a very good idea here, but if you want to convenience others, then you should video your effect from different angles in the training videos. Of course, if you read many of the posts on the Café, there are those that even when they see it, they do not believe it. I think it is more, they are thinking, "I cannot do that or get away with that."

Not everyone is creative, so the more information (moves) you can provide, the best purchase this will be for them.
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On 2014-01-12 13:36, Bill Hegbli wrote:
... so pants and shirt is minimum requirements.


Aha! So you must wear pants.
I knew there was a catch.
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Sorry, I didn't mean to be unclear. The included video is simply the best that we have at this time. I still have to workshop with a few people to get more finesses to make a better video, and I've even come up with a couple more moves since the video was finished. Those will be out shortly, and available to purchasers. But, I do explain all of the moves in the youtube video.

If someone isn't creative, this effect will suffer. That's why I've categorized it as a manipulation piece. Like a badly done Zombie ball, this one requires work. But, it's also less touchy than thread work, imho.

This may be the best thing that I've ever come up with, I'm very happy with it.

Jimmy
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Jimmy,

how would this play in a school Caféteria or gymnasium? I perform a lot in schools and those are the conditions I'm in most of the time. Lighting is usually "natural" light coming through windows but not directly on me. Thus, I have little control over lighting. Kids are usually ten feet or so away to the first row. Thanks...
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It reminds me of magic Ian's floating ball. Is it the same?

JIm
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I saw Jimmy do this about 5 feet away from me and it looked really good. It is meant for stage however.
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Hi Jim, I just looked at the video of Ian's, and I can't make out the gimmick, so I can't be sure of the differences. I was unaware of Ian's version, but it seems possible that there is similarity in the mechanism. However, he's using a cloth and completely different moves.

Thanks for letting me know, Ian's version is really great, too!

Jimmy
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On 2014-01-13 22:26, Cris Johnson wrote:
Jimmy,
how would this play in a school Caféteria or gymnasium? I perform a lot in schools and those are the conditions I'm in most of the time. Lighting is usually "natural" light coming through windows but not directly on me. Thus, I have little control over lighting. Kids are usually ten feet or so away to the first row. Thanks...


Hi Chris, from my recollection of doing school shows, I think that high school auditoriums and school Caféterias are the perfect venues for this effect! You will have to address the variables, but I think that it would be great!

Jimmy
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